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October 1, 2009
Bell Helicopter of Hurst, Texas, has awarded a $53-milion contract to Kaman Aerospace’s Helicopters division to manufacture composite helicopter blade skins and skin core assemblies. The agreement involves 18 different assemblies for the following helicopters: Bell 406, 407, 412, 427, 429, 430, H1 and BA609. Kaman’s HeliworX facility in Bloomfield, Conn. will carry out the production work...
October 1, 2009
Vivisun Series of Switches Expands Fort Worth, Texas-based Aerospace Optics has added the Logic Series to its Vivisun product line. The company says the electromechanical switch is the first of its kind based on an integrated logic circuit. COO Loren Jensen explains that the Logic Series "has a solid-state circuit that allows different poles in the same switch to function as momentary or alternate...
October 1, 2009
The weather outside is frightful... It’s high noon on November 24th: The wind is 30-plus knots with blowing snow; the temperature is minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit; there are polar bears lurking outside your hangar; and the sun won’t come up until late February. Just the thought of that kind of environment is enough to make practically every pilot in the lower 48 thankful they don’t have to...
September 1, 2009
SERVICES The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued CAR 35 approval for United Rotorcraft Solutions and Ahlers Aerospace night...
September 1, 2009
MILITARY A new division Boeing Co. has created to capitalize on the boom in unmanned vehicles announced Aug. 11 it is teaming with Schiebel Industries AG to offer the tiny Austrian firm’s Camcopter S-100. Vic Sweberg...
September 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Grand Rapids, Mich.-based L-3 Avionics Systems has obtained technical standard order (TSO) authorization and an approved model list (AML) supplemental type certificate...
September 1, 2009
Headsets Designed for Helicopter Use Germany’s beyerdynamic has unveiled two new headsets developed for use in helicopters — the HS 600 digital adaptive noise reduction (DANR) Rotor and HS 200 Rotor, which features passive noise attenuation. The HS 600 DANR uses a microprocessor with a software algorithm to eliminate background noise, as well as the accompanying feeling of pressure on the ears...
September 1, 2009
More than 45 companies will make their debut at Helitech 2009 as it returns to England this month. The majority are newcomers to the event, while others took part for the first time in 2008 at Helitech in Cascais, Portugal. At press time 180 exhibitors had committed to this year’s show. While the numbers remain "broadly similar" to those at the 2007 event, Exhibition Director Sue Bradshaw...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Sikorsky Aircraft has announced plans to make S-92 cabins in India. In June, Sikorksy made public an agreement with India’s Tata Group. Under the arrangement, Tata Advanced Systems will manufacture S-92 cabins at a new facility to be built in Hyderabad. The first S-92 cabin delivery is due in 2010. Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino notes that "India’s...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS The recession hasn’t hurt Aeronautical Systems Inc. In fact, the Sterling, Va.-based supplier of military replacement parts and...
August 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Simplex Manufacturing, which makes aerial applications systems for helicopters, has acquired Helipod International. The purchase gives Simplex access to Helipod’s certified accessory products for Robinson helicopters, including cargo pods, spray systems and...
August 1, 2009
Australia’s latest defence capability plan (DCP), released July 1, reveals plans to upgrade or replace three types of helicopters in service with the country’s Defence Force (ADF). In particular, it looks at modernizing the mission equipment to its Eurocopter Tiger fleet, "to ensure the Australian Tigers retain currency with operational requirements." The new DCP predicts a "new...
August 1, 2009
Tyonek Fabrication Corp., Madison, Ala., was awarded a $5.7-million contract for the OH-58 Kiowa airframe for 340 each, control box, part number 635107M100. Work is to be performed in Madison, with an estimated completion date of May 31, 2012. Tyonek was also awarded a $6.9-million contract for 344 each, de-ice control and indicator unit for the UH-60 A/L Blackhawk. Work will also be performed in Madison...
August 1, 2009
MTrax Maintenance Tracking Version 2.0 Keeping close tabs on your aircraft’s maintenance is a top priority. Tdata computerized the solution to this problem by developing MTrax, a maintenance tracking program. Now the company has released version 2.0 of MTrax. With just one license, owners and operators can track an unlimited number of aircraft. Functionally, MTrax keeps an eye on ADs, service...
July 1, 2009
PUBLIC SERVICE | POLICE The U.S. Army awarded Bell Helicopter Textron a $51.5 million fixed-price contract on June 1 for five Bell 412EPs. The Army is providing the helicopters to Mexico’s air force under the Mérida Initiative security cooperation agreement. Mexico is to use the surveillance aircraft to help interdict drug traffickers and other criminals, and to assist civilians during natural...
July 1, 2009
July 12-14 — ALA 2009, The Latin American Aeronautical Association, Miami, Fla. Contact: Phone: 1-817-284-0431; Web: www.ala@aero. July 18-19 — Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, U.K. Contact: Web: www.airtattoo.com. July 22-25 — Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Conference and Exposition, Savannah, Ga. Contact: Phone: 1-301-631-2406; Web...
July 1, 2009
Goodrich DuraTherm Defeats Ice DuraTherm’s heating mat protects helicopter engine inlets from icing up. The technology was recently proven by a test at NASA Glenn’s icing research tunnel, where the DuraTherm system was installed in a Boeing AH-64 Apache engine inlet sectional mockup. DuraTherm heater mat technology works by embedding an electronic mesh into an advanced durable composite...
July 1, 2009
In the teeth of a worldwide recession, the word of the day for police forces — U.K. ones at least — is collaboration. In reality this has been the word for a year or more: traditional county constabularies have belatedly realized that buying in bulk, whether helicopters, searchlights, uniform sweaters or whistles, is only a matter of common sense. More rural police air support units (ASUs) have...
June 1, 2009
PRODUCTS Most helicopter pilots don’t own what they fly, let alone take it home with them at the end of the day. This means they must carry their gear aboard the helicopter at the beginning of their flying day and pack it up and carry it out when they are through. Between...
April 16, 2009
Telit Communications and Eurocopter have struck a deal to co-operate in the development and marketing of a “configuration management...
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